Everyone's still talking about Mitt Romney getting booed appearing before the NAACP, and whether he knew he would.
No one's much talking about Mitt Romney accepting the invitation to even appear before the NAACP, when many predicted he would not.
I think that's the story.
Not what happened when he went?
What it would have said to those in that room had he not.
Mitt Romney could have ignored this monolithically anti-Republican crowd.
As I pointed out to the governor, and I’m sure he needed little reminding, Barack Obama got 96 percent of the African American vote four years ago.
He polls similarly strongly today.
The Gov' could have looked for 'love elsewhere.
But he chose to go there.
Maybe not so much to sell himself and his party, as much as to make those in that room question why they're sold on his opponent and the Democratic Party.
Exactly "how" has their allegiance been rewarded?
Trillions spent on a war on poverty. And yet, more poverty than ever.
Programs to help minority hiring.
Yet record high minority unemployment.
Democrats who define love with dollars.
And as yet to offer any tangible results from those dollars.
The Gov' could have told them to question that love.
But he didn't.
All he had to do was cite an anemic recovery and massive deficits that answered the question for them.
The problem, he could have said, and maybe did say, isn't that liberals don't dole out good money after bad...it's just that, in the end, the results just aren't good.
More on food stamps.
More on unemployment.
More on the hook to a government that coddles and builds a dangerous dependency that invariably corrupts.
Romney was right to say his party doesn't have a perfect record on matters of race.
But at least it doesn't demean those in that room, racing to buy them off in all matters of waste.
He could have said those in that room deserved better.
He could have suggested their loyalty to a party has failed to move the needle, so maybe it's time for them to needle back.
I don't know if Mitt Romney said that.
But I suspect his very being there, at least whispered that.
...that he cared enough to show up.
And not once dangled a program to lock 'em down.
Maybe he just wanted to say, "You deserve better, guys."
And maybe..."maybe" a head or two nodded in that room, thinking...he's right..."we are due better, guys."
We don't need help.
We need hope.